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The Office of Victim Advocate's (OVA) services are grounded in two separate but equally important foundations. First, Pennsylvania's Crime Victims Act legislates post-sentencing rights and services for victims of crime in the PA Department of Corrections and the PA Parole Board. It's OVA's responsibility to implement these rights. Second, the voices of victims have provided the inspiration and the framework for the development of our operations and various restorative justice programs.
OVA was established in 1995 and diligently works to provide victims of crime with notifications, support, and advocacy services. Victim Assistance Coordinators on staff work with local advocates at community based victim service programs, as well as with advocates in county district attorney offices, to ensure that all victims of crime who have requested post-sentencing services receive the compassionate and individual attention that they require.
Our office collaborates closely with fellow state agencies to develop and maintain a parallel continuum of restorative justice and trauma informed services to include:
The team at OVA is available by phone at 800-563-6399 Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and can provide information about these services and more:
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The Pennsylvania Office of Victim Advocate (OVA) was created by Act 8, of 1995 during Governor Tom Ridge's Special Session on Crime. The Victim Advocate is nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate to serve a term of six years. The Victim Advocate has the authority and the duty to represent the rights and interests of all Commonwealth crime victims in general, including victims of juvenile offenders and all those that come before the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC), the PA Parole Board, and the Board of Pardons.
Details of our work can be found in our annual reports, as well. Thank you for your continued support of crime victims in Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Office of Victim Advocate is dedicated to representing, protecting and advancing the individual and collective rights and interests of crime victims.